St. Catharines City Council Update
St. Catharines City Council had a productive zoom council meeting last night and wanted to share some highlights with our community.
Hot topic here in St. Catharines and Niagara. Last night council made the decision to restrict access to city owned beaches to Niagara residents only. Since we opened our beaches earlier this summer we have faced a situation where they are overcrowded and under pressure.
As we continue under emergency orders, by temporarily limiting access to Niagara residents only we can help limit the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community. As long as the virus continues to circulate, community safety will be priority. It’s been a hot, sunny summer and we need to ensure our community has respite from the heat.
For more info & process: https://bit.ly/39xNQrC
Watson Statue: 🏦
City Council voted unanimously to consult several organizations in the development of a relocation plan for the statue of Pte. Alexander Watson that currently stands in front of City Hall.
The relocation of the statue from City Hall moves forward our commitment to building an inclusive and equitable city. City Hall is a place for everyone – a place that should celebrate all that we are as a community. City Council’s decision begins the process for important consultations that will take place in the coming months to guide us in relocating the statue and at the same time providing an opportunity for our community to gain a deeper understanding of Canada’s history and its impact on First Nations, Metis and Inuit.
In an attempt to balance the need for truth and reconciliation with indigenous people’s, and the importance of the statue as an item of historical knowledge and education, Council has voted to relocate the statue, pending consultations with various organizations. Stay tuned for more information.
Hope all enjoy the summer weather and long weekend ahead.